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I Ching 
The Book of Changes 




I Ching 
The Book of Changes 

For countless centuries 
emperor and peasant, scholar 
and unlearned alike have 
sought to understand the time- 
less wisdom and eerie divina- 
tions of the I Ching, translated, 
the Book of Changes. Using 
the simple tools of three coins, 
one can seek insight from the I 
Ching regarding whatever 
question is on one's heart. 



Using the I 
Ching 

The Question 

There is a 
question burning 
in your heart and 
mind. Think about 
it and then write it 
down, privately, on 
a piece of paper. 
Writing the question down 
helps you to focus on the 
precise subject being asked 
about, thereby avoiding ambi- 
guity. Be sure to word your 
question so that it requires a 
commentary type of answer... 
i.e., do not ask a question 
that requires a 'yes' or 'no' 
answer. For example, ask 
"What if..." or "What is this 
all about...?" 



Casting the Coins 

With your mind focused on 
the question you've written 
down, gather three coins of 
the same size into your hands, 
shake them until they are ran- 
domly arranged in your hand, 
then cast them gently upon 
the table in front of you. 
Notice how the coins have 
landed with either 'heads' or 
'tails' facing up. 

Building a Trigram 

Match the 'heads or tails' 
pattern of the cast coins with 
one of the 4 patterns shown 
in the following table. Make 
note of the associated line 
form next to the matched 
pattern and write it down. 
(Note that if you cast three- 



of-a-kind, the line form will 
have a dot after it). Repeat 
this coin casting process 2 
more times, each time placing 
the next line form on top of 
the previous one* Having 
done this 3 times, you will 
have a 3 line figure known 
as a trigram. 

Example trigram 

3rd cast -* mmmb mnh 
2nd cast — ► hmm^h • 

1st cast — ► aw 




Building a Hexagram 

You need to create 2 
trigrams to make a full hex- 
agram. So, create a second 
trigram using the same 
process above. When done 
you will have created a 
hexagram consisting of a 
lower trigram (the first one) 
and an upper trigram (the 
second one). 



Example hexagram 



6th cast -* — — Upper 

5th cast -> trigram 

4th CaSt _* HBH BUM 

3rd cast: - * mmmmm L ower 

2nd cast: -+ • trigram 

1st cast — * w— 





Finding the Hexagram 

Cross reference the 
lower trigram with the upper 
trigram using the chart below. 
For the moment, ignore any 
dots that may appear beside 
any of the line forms. Make 
note of the hexagram number 
that the two triprams form 

L 1 1 d L I! Iv- IVY \J LI i cl Ul 1 IJ 1 \_/ 1111, 

and turn to the page with that 
number. 




lower 


HEAVEN 


THUNDER 


WATER 


HOUNTAW 


EARTH 


W*HO 


FIRE 


LAK1 




HEAVEN 


1 


34 


5 


26 


11 


9 


14 


43 


THURYMM 


25 


51 


3 


27 


24 


42 


21 


17 


WATER 


6 


40 


29 


4 


7 


59 


64 


47 




33 


62 


39 


52 


15 


53 


56 


31 


EARTH 


12 


16 


8 


23 


2 


20 


35 


45 


wmo 


44 


32 


48 


18 


46 


57 


50 


28 


r;'.c 


13 


55 


63 


22 


36 


37 


30 


49 


LAKE 


10 


54 


60 


41 


19 


61 


38 


58 



Interpreting the 
Hexagram 

The hexagram you 
have created contains words 
of insight pertaining to your 
question. Seek to apply the 
words you're given to the 
question you asked, in a sin- 
cere and introspective way. 
Suspend preconceptions that 
may cloud your vision regard- 
ing the subject under consid- 
eration. Your intuition will 
confirm whether or not you 
have been enlightened. 

Sometimes you may not 
understand the full meaning 
of your hexagram, as it relates 
to the question you asked. 
Whether or not so, be certain 
that the question you asked is 
the question that is truly the 



one most on your mind at the 
time you cast the coins. 
Since the pattern of the falling 
coins is determined, in part, 
by the cosmic vibrations 
emanating from your mind, it 
is possible for the I Ching to 
answer the question that is 
really on your mind and not 
the one you wrote down, if 
the two are not the same. 

If your Hexagram 
contains any 'Dotted' 
line forms 

You may have cast one 
or more "three-of-a-kind" pat- 
terns (3-heads or 3-tails), 
resulting in a 'dotted' line 
form in your hexagram. If so, 
there remains further informa- 
tion for you from the 1 Ching. 
The dotted line means that 



your hexagram is soon to 
undergo a change. To learn 
how it is going to change, you 
must transform the current 
hexagram into its future form. 
You do this by converting the 
dotted line forms into their 
opposite forms, that is solid 
lines become dashed lines 
and dashed lines become 
solid lines. 
For example... 

First Hexagam Second Hexagam 

changing to ... 



6th cast 
5th cast 
4th cast 

3rd cast 
2nd cast 
1st cast 



Using the procedure 
described above, look up 
the meaning of the second 
hexagram, realizing that this 



second hexagram is predict- 
ing a likely future condition 
regarding the question that 
you've asked. 



v Hexagram 1 : 
Heaven above 
Heaven below. 
Yielding. 

The universe is united 2 
in power. So too the 5 

wise person executes — 
his actions with power 

and creativity. Excep- 
tional progress comes 
by correct persistence. 



Hexagram 2: 
Earth above, Earth below. 
Yielding. 

The receptive earth is jjj 
in power. The wise 555 555 
person follows the 
natural path of calm- 
ness and correct per- 
sistence. Others may 
lead while you support 
their goals. 



Hexagram 3: 
Water above, 
Thunder below. 
Confusion. 

Thunderclouds indicate 
profound disquiet. Un- 
dertake no distant goal, 
but organize support. 
Concern yourself with 
the problems of the 
moment. 

Hexagram 4: 
Mountain above, 
Water below. 
Inexperience. 

As spring water col- 
lects at the base of the 
quiet mountain, the en- 
lightened person finds 
his level through learn- 
ing, decisiveness, and 
correct persistence. 



Hexagram 5: 
Water above, 
Heaven below. 
Waiting. 

Clouds of anxiety 
rise. Do not be anx- 
ious, but wait with 
confidence. The mo- 
ment will arrive when 
correct persistence 
brings progress. 

Hexagram 6: 
Heaven above, 
Water below. 
Conflict 

Heaven and water, 
strength and profun- 
dity, conflict. Avoid 
confrontation, yield 
with caution, persist 
not against obstacles. 



I 



Hexagram 7: 
Earth above, Water below. 
Cooperation. 

JES The receptive earth 
SSS SS holds the water, and the 
"™ wise person will find 

strength in the company 
of many fellows. With 
leadership there will be 
correct persistence and 
good fortune. 

Hexagram 8: 
Water above, Earth below. 
Unity. 

The receptive earth 
SS beneath, with profundity 
wmmm — afove, indicates the 

need for unity and col- 
lective awareness of the 
goal. Do not procrasti- 
nate. Join with others 
and return to the plan. 



Hexagram 9: 
Wina above, 
Heaven below. 
Restraint. 



The winds of gradual 
change, supported by 
the strength of Heaven, 
show that restraint 
brings progress and sat- 
isfaction. Make minor 
changes and conceal 
all actions. 



Hexagram 10: 
Heaven above, 
Lake below. 
Correct conduct. 

The excessive beneath, 
the strong above. Dis- ^^^55 
criminate between the 
inferior and superior to 
achieve progress. 
Change gives way 
to stability. 



Hexagram 11: 

Eartn above, 
Heaven below 

Prosperity, 

The strength of Heaven 
mingles with the recep- 
tive earth. The wise 
leader benefits from this 
harmony. Good fortune 
approaches. 

Hexagram 12: 
Heaven above, 

Earth below. 

Stagnation. 

The strong and the 
receptive do not meet. 
Strong persons give 
way to the inferior. 
The enlightened per- 
son remains reserved 
to avoid misfortune. 
No advantage in 
persistence. 



Hexagram 13: 
Heaven above, 
Fire below. 
Community. 

Strength of heaven, 
dependence of fire. 
Recognize the depend- 
ence of ail upon their 
fellows. The wise 
person seeks the 
collective flow to 
gain advantage. 

Hexagram 14: 
Fire above, 

Heaven below. 
Sovereignty. 

The strength of heaven 
holds a fiery intelli- 
gence, the maker of an 
enlightened ruler. 
Resist evil; exalt good. 

Proper Leadership 
brings great progress. 



Hexagram 15: 

Earth above, 
Mountain below. 

Moderation. 

SSI The tranquil mountain 
amid the receptive 
earth indicates great 
progress through the 
reduction of excess. 
Progress comes by 
equality of extremes. 

Hexagram 16: 
Thunoer above, 
Earth below. 
Harmony 

From the receptive 
earth comes the loud 
thunder. So from har- 
mony with supporters 
does the wise person 
gain advantage. 



Hexagram 1 7: 

Lake above, 
Thunder below. 
Flexibility. 

In the midst of 
excess, growth and 55 
persistence produces 
progress. The enlight- 
ened person adapts, 
and leads the way from 
darkness to comfort. 



Hexagram 18: 
Mountain above, 
Wind below. 
Repair. 

Winds of gradual S^5S 
change wear away the SSSSS 
mountain. Cultivate "™ 
action in others to 
bring about repair and 
great progress. 
If starting, meditate 
on the future.